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All-City Choir Grand Finale Concert is Saturday

The 34th Annual Detroit Lakes All-City Choir Festival will be held Friday, April 4, and Saturday, April 5. Detroit Lakes choir students in grades 6-12 will be participating in this event.

Lee Nelson, director of choral activities and assistant professor of conducting at St. Cloud State University, will be the clinician and guest conductor.

Nelson earned his Bachelor of Music degree from Concordia College in Moorhead and has received graduate instruction from Westminster Choir College as well. He is a Summa Cum Laude graduate from the University of Arizona, where he received a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting and is currently completing the Doctoral of Musical Arts degree in Conducting.

Nelson's skills as a conductor were recognized with an invitation from the American Choral Directors Association to compete in the 2005 National Conducting Competition in Los Angeles, CA where he won the competition.

Nelson conducts the Concert Choir and the Chamber Singers and teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in conducting, choral literature and class voice. Nelson also serves as the Artistic Director and Conductor of the Great River Chorale, an auditioned chamber choir based in St. Cloud, and as the Conductor of the Paramount Festival Chorus and Orchestra, which annually presents Handel's Messiah at the Paramount Theater in St. Cloud.

Nelson serves as the College and University Repertoire and Standards Chair for the Minnesota American Choral Directors Association Chapter.

Fully committed to reinvigorating the choral program at SCSU, Nelson has actively recruited singers from all over the Midwest. Over the past three years, the SCSU choirs have over doubled in their number of singers, produced two CDs and the program has added a Men's Choir and Chamber Choir.

In 2001, Nelson was awarded the Outstanding Young Choral Conductor Award by the American Choral Directors Association of Minnesota.

Having a passion for working with students of all ages, Nelson welcomes the opportunity to continue serving as a clinician and guest conductor both regionally and nationally.

At the All-City Grand Finale Concert on Saturday, April 5, Nelson will direct on of two selections performed by each participating choir in addition to three mass choir selections featuring all choir students in grades 6-12.

The Grand Concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Ralph Anderson Gymnasium at the Detroit Lakes High School. The public is cordially invited to attend the concert.

Choir members are selling advance tickets and tickets will also be available at the door. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students in grades 6-12. Children in grades 5 and under will be admitted free of charge.